Austintown gun store worker: Obama “best salesman in America sometimes”

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AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Gun owner Lynn Parker bought a new pistol Monday morning at the “Training Range” in Austintown. He said President Obama’s plans to impose new gun regulations on his own won’t do any good.

“By him adding more laws, adding more restrictions to existing laws isn’t going to change anything.”

Parker says he’s purchased firearms at both licensed dealers and at gun shows, where buyers and sellers don’t have to undergo background checks. That’s expected to be one of the areas the President wants to target in the wake of last month’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. Ironically, it was that incident that proved to be an epiphany for long-time gun opponent Tara Morrison.

“The shooting in California started just changing my mind,” Morrison said. “I was driving down the road one day, and I started thinking, ‘Well, maybe I should be a little more open-minded about this.'”

Morrison got a new gun for Christmas and thinks the President should not be trying to keep people from selling firearms privately.

Those who work at the “Training Range” tell me every time the President talks about what he and others call responsible gun regulations, it simply boosts their bottom line.

“Best salesman in America sometimes,” Training Range employee Rick Baker said. “And it’s through the, I think the unknown, you know, people are fearful of the unknown.”

While Baker says many of his customers fear the administration is trying to create a nationwide database of gun sales, at least some of the customers at the shop believe if the government simply enforced laws already on the books, there would be fewer shootings.

According to the National Riflery Association, you don’t need a permit to carry a shotgun or rifle in Ohio, only for a handgun, and the same is true in Pennsylvania.

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence gave Ohio a D, on an A-F scale, in its 2015 grades and gave Pennsylvania a C.

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